We have been successful in securing significant funding for feasibility studies, product development and evaluation. Our assistance with accessing funding streams is varied and dependent on your requirements and nature of your work. You can be advised on the regional and national funding opportunities through a number of activities which we are involved in.
To make sure that innovation funding is directed at priority areas, we have worked closely with our healthcare providers to identify their key challenges and to connect them with businesses who have the background to provide a solution. We provide funding for these local challenges and gain matched funding from industry partners.
For example, our Diabetes Digital Coach Challenge, where we issued a call for new tools for self-management of diabetes in partnership with our seven Clinical Commissioning Groups, two NHS Acute Trusts and three community providers. We received 27 applications from international companies, corporates and SMEs, of which five have now been selected for further evaluation.
We have also been the conduit for national challenges such as the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI Healthcare) funded by NHS England to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to respond to NHS clinical challenges nationally. The SBRI initiative is a three-phased approach which starts with a six-month feasibility phase with an award of up to £100,000 and then moves on to product development and NHS validation, where companies can secure up to £1 million in funding support.
Through SBRI-led challenges we have helped facilitate £5.5m of funding for projects focused on patient safety, medicines adherence and child and adolescent mental health.
Our regular Funding Finder, as part of our newsletter, provides our network of health innovators with up-to-date funding opportunities from the AHSN and funders we think you may be interested in. This includes opportunities from Innovate UK, Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, Horizon 2020, The National Institute for Health Research and NHS England. Our newsletter will also keep you informed of opportunities for grant writing support and funding briefing events.